Meet Our 2017 Boston Marathon Team

We're proud to introduce the runners of our  2017 "Miles  &  Memories" Boston Marathon Team!
Click any of our team members' names to read more about what inspired each of them to run 26.2 miles for grieving children, teens, and families.
B ack row (left to right): John Fleming , Tim O'Brien , Jared Huber , James O'Leary, Antonio Willis-Berry

Front Row (left to right): Coach Malinda Dublin, Coach Crissy Straub, John Shea, Shane Richardson, Alex Ebling

Warm thanks to Crissy Straub
and Malinda Dublin, of MC Coaching, for once again volunteering their services to help train and guide our runners from the beginning of the process all the way through to race day. This is their second year coaching our team.

Each year our Marathon Team plays a crucial role in raising much-needed funds to support TCR's services for grieving children, teens, and families. Runners receive ongoing support from The Children's Room in reaching their fundraising goals.

We are incredibly grateful to the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program for granting us bibs for the 8th year in a row.  

Over the past seven years, our marathon teams have raised  over $525,000 for The Children's Room!
A Light in the Darkness:
On Grieving in the Winter 

"Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness." ~ Desmond Tutu

It is often acknowledged that the holiday season can add many logistical and emotional burdens for those who are grieving. Less often acknowledged are the shifts in weather and light that happen as winter arrives and progresses. Here in New England, the days become not only colder, but also shorter and much darker, and these changes may have an effect on our mood, our behavior, and how we care for ourselves and our families as we grieve. 

We offer our reflections and tips for grieving in winter months. We hope you find them helpful.
Teen Program:
Participants Work Together at Boda Borg

On December 3rd, a group of 18 teens and adults from The Children's Room challenged their wits and flexibility at Boda Borg Boston! 

Relying on their collective skills and collaboration, the teams encountered time-limited, team-building puzzles and obstacles in their attempts to escape from Alcatraz, swing through a jungle, compete in a quiz game show, and more! The group discussed beforehand that the focus was not on how many Quests they could achieve, but rather on their willingness to attempt new things, work together, and retry challenges using new strategies. This open-mindedness and flexibility was related back to their daily lives, as a life skill.

While the teens loved Boda Borg so much that most asked to return next year, their biggest takeaways were the friendships that they formed! They shared comments afterwards such as, "I really like being able to meet others . . . It's really fun just doing something together, a great opportunity to just chill."

For more photos from the event, please  click here to visit our Facebook page!

Our Next Volunteer Facilitator Training Begins:
January 6, 2017

We are currently planning our next Volunteer Facilitator Training that will occur in January 2017.  Trained volunteer facilitators are valued members of our bi-weekly family peer support groups. 

We encourage you to visit our website  to  read more about the training.  An application and acceptance into the training are required. 

If you are interested in becoming a TCR Peer Support Group Facilitator, please submit an application as soon as possible. Our next  Volunteer Training  begins on  January 6th

If you need any additional information or have any questions, please contact us at volunteer@childrensroom.org or call 781-641-4741.          

Thank You To Everyone
Who Supported TCR on #GivingTuesday

Thank you so much to everyone who made a donation and shared their support for our mission on #GivingTuesday

Through the generosity of  102 donors , we were able to raise  over $23,089 on this global day of giving back! 

We also offer special thanks to all those who have made a year-end donation. Thank you for helping us create safe, supportive communities so that no child, teen, or family has to grieve alone. 

Our Heartfelt Thanks
to Whole Foods Market of Arlington 

Thank you so much to Whole Foods Market of Arlington , who selected TCR as the beneficiary of their "Products With A Purpose Campaign" in December. Whole Foods donated $5 to TCR for each cup of coffee  sold on Saturday, December 10th, and Sunday, December 11th. This resulted in  a total donation of $900 They were also generous enough to stop by to visit us and bring us a special box of holiday cheer. Thank you, Whole Foods!


Shopping With A Purpose

Please remember to support TCR when you shop on Amazon!

A portion of your eligible purchases will be donated to TCR when you shop through smile.amazon.com.

Community Tours

To RSVP for a scheduled tour or for more information, please contact 
tours@childrensroom.org  or call Becca at
781-641-4741 ext. 334.

Vehicle Donation Program

The Children's Room has partnered with Donate for Charity to make it fast and easy to donate your old vehicle to TCR. Your vehicle will be picked up - free of charge! - from anywhere and TCR will receive a donation in the amount of the vehicle's value.
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